The newspaper of the Brisbane Show Camp.
NUMBER 19 - 1. SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2010
By Hannah Simpson, Hannah Errey, Kelsey Pownall and
The RACQ Insurance Animal Nursery is one of the
most popular experiences of the Ekka. The whole family
can enjoy this wonderful opportunity to get up close and
personal with fascinating farmyard animals.
There are goats, calves, It provides a safe
chicks, lambs, ducklings, environment where children
puppies, and many other cute can happily interact with the
and cuddly animals. What’s farmyard animals. Around
more, petting the animals 400 of the total 500 animals
is absolutely free for both are young ones, which are
children and parents. Visitors gentler with small children.
can also buy animal feed for Another awesome
just $2 per cup. activity is to watch chickens
“ I remember going to the hatch from their eggs in an
animal nursery when I was a incubator.
kid, and that was over 30 years You can also hold chicks
ago”, said Jared Tibbets, who that are only a few days old
is now the co-manager of the and have your photo taken
Animal Nursery. with them.
GREET EKKA CROWDS
Camilla Leary and Meg day across the Showgrounds
Ham (above) are members of a throughout the duration of the
team of 50 high-energy roving Ekka.
street performers from Harvest Opening the night-time
Rain Theatre Company who program in the ENERGEX
portray the theme ‘where the Community Arena with the
country meets the city’ through National Anthem are the leads
humour, dance, song and fun. of the upcoming Harvest Rain
It is hard to miss these production of Jesus Christ
colourful performers depicting Superstar at QPAC, Luke
Australian people, animals, Kennedy and Naomi Price.
flowers and fictional characters
who are appearing all day every See story on page 3
The Ekka Courier is a publication of the
Brisbane Show Camp.
The Camp, for students from year 6 and 7 in
Queensland State Schools, is conducted by the
Brisbane Urban Environmental Education Centre
for Education Queensland. The Brisbane Show Camp is a joint program of the Royal National
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PICTURE PERFECT CHAMPION
PARADISE – IN 3-D! CHARLIE
By Edward Hatt, Ellen
Adcock and Tia Dullard
Owner of eleven
carriages and three horses,
Mr Ross Porter has won
three Firsts and one Second
in the medium to heavy
Business Turnout Classes
at the Ekka.
Ross and his horse,
Charlie, have been competing
together at the Ekka for
five years. Charlie, a nine
year old Clydesdale cross
Thoroughbred stallion, is a
15.3 hands black and white
C h a r l i e ’s p r e p a r a t i o n
includes washing, brushing,
having his tail tied and being
Three generations of By Beau Gieskens, Toby This year, the team “When competing, the
Northern New South Wales Collins and Meg Allom have been awarded many score is out of 100. A total
region’s farmers have Agriculture’, depicting Egypt ribbons: the Highest Points of 50 points for the horse’s
gathered a harvest of plenty in 9000 B.C. This display in Avocados, Best Backdrop, performance, 30 points for
to create a realistic scene uses nuts, grains, seeds, Most Effective Arrangement vehicle appearance, 10 points
of Egypt for the Brisbane fruits, vegetables and other and Best Collection of for harness and 10 points for
Markets Agricultural Hall produce, creating a visually Exhibits from the District. the handler’s presentation”,
at the 2010 Ekka. exciting 3-D landscape. As the icing on the cake, Ross explained.
Ray Reid, the senior Cameron and his mother, Ray Reid finished by saying Ross has been working
member of the family team, Ivy, were the graphic “It’s probably the best we’ve with the horse carriages for
constructed the display with designers. Ray enjoys done”. 16 years, following in his
the help of his son, Graeme working with his family, The competition at the father’s footsteps. Although
and his grandson, Cameron. as it is easier for him, and Agricultural Hall consists of his job is hard work, his
Other local farmers also exclaimed “I love the idea a range of displays designed passion for his horses keeps
assisted in building the scene that the three of us can be and presented by schools and Ross returning to the Ekka.
with the theme ‘The Birth of together and do it”. farming regions.
Your Say What do you like most about the Ekka?
I really liked the Bollywood dancing. Lots of interesting things to have a look at,
The exhibitions available, like the science especially industrial stuff.
expo. Just the people that are around, all the sights,
Fashion parades and the dog trials and the art sounds and it’s really great.
show and, oh, the cake decorating. Err, probably the rides and pavilions.
I think the people are always great and The food, and definitely all the free samples.
probably the food and wine. The ice-creams with strawberries and the
Just the family fun and the rides. adorable cows.
Show Camp thanks IKEA for See the Show Camp at work
their support at the 2010 Ekka at the Education on Show display
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EKKA’S GLEEFUL JOUSTING LEAVES SMASHING
ENTERTAINMENT IMPRESSION ON AUDIENCE
By Erin Steel, Fiona Steele and Annica Putzolu
Harvest Rain Theatre “It is great being able to
Company have a fantastic, perform with people who are
harmonising Aussie Glee passionate about what they
Team performing at this do,” she said. “Anyone who
year’s Ekka. wants to become a performer
This unique group are a should work hard at singing
must-see show. and dancing, join a theatre
The group of eight group and never give up on
performers present unusual their dreams”.
arrangements of iconic Harvest Rain Theatre
Australian songs, with Company also has other
high difficulty levels and no street performers on show
instruments. at the Ekka. Dancers, a
Heidi Enchelmaier mass choir, Talking Trees,
and Shaun Kohlman from Working Class Heros and Slip By Jarod McCamley, Sean Perrin, Thomas Seymour and
Harvest Rain said that the Slop Slapstick groups roam Tryston Lovell
group have spent three weeks around the showgrounds
in rehearsals. everyday between 9am and Full Tilt Jousters are rocking it out each night on the
Their a cappella technique 5pm. Ekka battlefield for the glory of bragging rights.
is incredibly hard to master This enthusiastic troupe Phil Oliver, riding HB, and pretend to argue.
and Michelle Walker, riding “The interesting thing
and involves a large amount also performs at the Heritage
Goldie, fight with swords, about jousting is that it is
trial and error, patience, Community Stage at 12.30pm
timing, memory and tone and 1.30pm everyday, and in lances and bastions. Both one of the only sports where
difference. the Red Rooster Street Parade of the combatants are from you present yourself to be hit
Heidi said that nothing daily. NSW and both have won by the opponent,” said Phil.
Australasian Jousting Phil wears approximately
would be possible without Make sure you don’t miss
Tournaments. 30kgs of armor and chain.
the help of their musical the opportunity to see their
director, Carmen Glanville. exceptional performance. In a tournament, points His emblem, and the title by
are awarded for the way a which he is known, is ‘The
lance is broken as it hits the Grey Rabbit’.
WHO LET THE DOGS DANCE? opponent in the head or chest.
Maximum points are given
Every night Full Tilt
will perform jousting and
when an opponent is knocked melee tournaments in the
By Brayden Casey, Daniel Jukes and Corey MacDonald ENERGEX Community
off their horse.
Dog trainer and performer, Sharon Clark, with her two To add excitement to the Arena to begin the evening
border collies, Casey and Cian, are trying to match their show, the two jousters have to program. If you want to see
three trophy winnings from last year’s Ekka. be split up a number of times some fun-filled medieval
because they clown around mayhem, come on down.
Sharon and her dancing the music ‘Eye of the Tiger’
dogs have been competing because she was fast and
in competitions for two and agile, just like the music, Show Camp highly
a half years. whereas my other dog, Cian,
“It can take twelve to is calmer and slower like the recommends the
eighteen months to teach a music I choose to match her
dog a routine”, Sharon said, ability”.
“I also use chicken, seafood If you would like to see
sticks and chicken frankfurts Sharon and her dancing
as rewards for when a new border collies, as well as other
step is perfected”. She also wizz bang performances, in Alexandria Street
mentioned, “I believe that the be at the Dog Pavilion on
beat of music is important to Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th (outside the Feline and Fish Pavilion)
suit the ability of your dog. of August at 3pm sharp and
My dog Casey danced to make sure you get a good seat.
when dining at the Ekka
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